John Vande Woude
- Jersey City, NJ
- P: +1 201 499 7830
As a representative of a multinational enterprise information technology company, at their premiere client in financial services, performing three critical roles on a global application transformation and re-platforming initiative.
Served as a senior consultant and U.S. program manager on a multi-year IT infrastructure optimization effort for a top-tier global bank. Project highlights include the virtualization of hundreds of business-critical applications, the migration of stand-alone Oracle and SQL Server database instances to a utility environment, and the mass remediation of over 2,000 Windows 2003 servers. The net result of this project was a significant return of data center electricity and white space that increased the lifespan of the firm's aging data centers in the U.S. It ultimately served as a bridge to a 10-year, multi-billion-dollar data center collocation and technology outsourcing deal. Sourced and managed a team of twenty four consultants.
Team building and actively recruiting technology professionals for clients in financial services.
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(Avadhi Finance & Technology acquired AFA in 2009)
Advanced Financial Applications, Inc. (AFA) is a financial services technology company that provides a broker-neutral/cost-effective Execution Management System (EMS)/Order Management System (OMS) to hedge funds, investment management firms and family offices. The solution, IMPACT Pro™, is delivered via the Internet using an ASP delivery model. It is principally targeted at middle-market firms looking for an easy to deploy, cost-effective system that seamlessly integrates front, middle and back-office functions. The system was initially focused on the US equity markets.
On an as-needed basis in 2005 I served as an adviser and interim Chief Information Officer of this start-up developing a unique web-based service for trading partners in the global supply chain. I was influential in the development of their business model, technology strategy, system design, project plans and financial forecasts. I was offered an opportunity to join this company as their permanent Chief Information Officer pending a capital raise.
(MarketAxess acquired Trading Edge, Inc in 2001)
MarketAxess operates one of the world’s most successful fixed income electronic trading platforms. The platform is actively used by more than 600 institutional investor clients including 80 of the top 100 investment advisers, mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds and hedge funds that transact in fixed income securities.
I joined MarketAxess in March 2001 following their acquisition of Trading Edge where I served as Chief Information Officer. Recognized as a key employee during due diligence, I accepted an invitation to join the company as their Director of Application Development and was subsequently promoted to Head of Technology.
(MarketAxess acquired Trading Edge, Inc in 2001)
In July of 1999 I joined the founders of Trading Edge, a California based start-up, to assist them in establishing New York City as their primary place-of-business and to spearhead the effort to create a world-class technology organization tasked with enhancing and supporting their flagship product BondLink. BondLink, the world’s first online trading service for U.S. high-yield bonds, was launched in April 1999 just prior to my arrival.
During my tenure at Trading Edge, the BondLink platform was considerably enhanced to facilitate trading in other fixed income securities and within its first year of operation was widely recognized by industry observers as the progenitor of a new trading paradigm that would transform the way bonds were traded. Trading Edge was acquired for their technology in March 2001 by MarketAxess, a consortium backed by the world’s largest broker-dealers.
In 1997 I joined NorthStar Technologies, Inc., a Manhattan-based financial services consulting firm. As a Partner and Senior Consultant I established a fixed-cost application development business, managed their IT consulting practice and worked on several major consulting projects.
Client: Deutsche Financial Services (a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank)
Retained by the Chief Information Officer to conduct an analysis of their current systems capabilities and determine if these systems could support the organization’s plan to exploit new business opportunities in Europe and other locations across the globe. The analysis was framed with the understanding that the company was already in the execution stage of their European expansion initiative with a goal of being operational with a key client in Germany four months after my arrival. This analysis was considered crucial to the company’s future success abroad.
My analysis included a comprehensive investigation of 12 existing systems and their relationships. The analysis was completed to the full satisfaction of the Chief Information Officer. Subsequently, the results were reported in a full-day formal presentation to senior management including the Chief Executive Officer and members of their operating committee.
Client: BNY ESI & Co. (formerly ESI Securities Company)
This project encompassed management consulting and the development of a turnkey solution. All work was completed onsite over a period of 9 months.
This broker-dealer uses technology to differentiate themselves from their competitors providing their clients with financial applications that facilitate electronic trading. For a major client, this firm developed a new application that was rolled-out with major issues that jeopardized their relationship with this client and, more importantly, their reputation in the marketplace.
Retained by the Chief Information Officer to manage the project and the relationship with the client, provide a quick assessment of all issues, and recommend a course of action. I quickly assessed the problem and proposed a solution to the Chief Information Officer and Chief Executive Officer, which was approved. The solution included a major stabilization effort with milestones and a parallel rewrite of the application. I staffed and managed the stabilization effort and served as project manager of the rewrite effort. The project was competed to the full satisfaction of the client. Also assisted in staffing during this engagement recruiting 4 full-time technology professionals prior to project end.
(Bankers Trust was ultimately acquired by Deutsche Bank)
Ultimately managed a global team of 55 IT professionals responsible for the successful implementation of five critical business applications. Said applications were among the first to employ client-server/object-oriented technologies and assisted in proving a concept that was originally met with skepticism. In due course, these systems also served as a blue-print for other client-server initiatives.
(First Boston was ultimately acquired by Credit Suisse)
During a nearly five year tenure at First Boston, I was a key participant in a firm-wide focused effort (NTPA - New Trade Processing Architecture) to architect, plan, develop and implement a complete array of advanced integrated systems to support securities underwriting, sales and trading.
(Merrill Lynch was ultimately acquired by Bank of America)
Served as a project leader and/or programmer analyst on multiple projects including:
Employed part-time in the firm's data center and on the NYSE Floor from 1978-1982 while attending college.